We’ve rounded up our favourite ice cream spots in the city, that are sure to satisfy your summer cravings.
There’s no better way to keep your cool during the hot summer months than by tucking into some delectable icy treats. From Instagram worthy scoops and ice cream sandwiches, to boozy ice lollies and plant-based goodies, these frozen treats have you covered.
Instagram Worthy Scoops
Emack & Bolio’s
When it comes to Instagrammable desserts, Emack & Bolio’s tops the list. The multi-award winning American ice cream store has been churning (pun intended!) out some of the most fantastic creations and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. We’re talking outrageously good and delicious scoops of ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet, laden with childhood cereal Froot Loops or Rice Krispies covered cones, with many toppings and sauces to boot.
Sassy Tip: Make some room for one of its crispy rice cones. No matter what flavour you put in it, once you get down to the crunchy treat, you will thank yourself for ordering it. The ice cream cakes are also a great option for your next birthday or celebration!
At Smile Yogurt, there’s always something to smile about. It does froyo right, serving up the icy treat with a fantastic range of toppings and add-ons piled high onto the cup. Try the uber popular (and Instagrammable) Mango Fever with fresh chunks of mango and mango sauce, drizzled between layers of sweet vanilla frozen yogurt.
Another one of the most Insta-worthy ice cream places in Hong Kong, we’re huge fans of Oddies! With its awesome, innovative flavours and mouth-watering sundae options, it’s the go-to place for us when we need to cool off in the summer. A must-try is the signature Night Wolf sundae, an indulgent mix of low-fat soft gelato, a scoop of gelato-of-the-day, crunchy flakes, passion fruit panna cotta and best of all, a true Hong Kong-style brownie chocolate-chip eggette – a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Oddies Foodies 45 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2750 2111
When it comes to ice cream staples, Häagen-Dazs makes it onto any list. Found on (almost!) every street corner in the city, it makes getting your fix easy! With a wide selection of classic flavours and ice creams to commemorate every occasion, summertime has never been this cool.
The gelato at Holly Brown has been a favourite of ours since we first tried the caramel sauce (Sassy tip: ask for extra. Always). With flavours to suit everyone, and the option to customise your additions, we really couldn’t ask for a more satisfying sugar fix in Hong Kong’s sweltering heat. Offering everything from Oreos and brownies to almonds and fresh fruit, the large scoop is (almost) a dessert for two. Good news to all vegans, Holly Brown just launched its first-ever vegan vanilla-flavoured gelato.
Holly Brown, G/F, 22 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2869 9008
Holly Brown, G01, G/F, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, 2371 2826, www.hollybrowncoffee.com
An oldie but a goodie, XTC Gelato is definitely one of our go-to spots for a scoop. With its massive array of unique and innovative flavours (such as Clover Honey Yoghurt, Hong Kong Milk Tea, Stem Ginger) and classic ones, there’s something for everyone. For special occasions make sure to order the gelato cakes in Chocolate, Green Tea or Macadamia or customise your very own! And for those who are a little more health conscious, XTC is a great option as all of its gelato is made with fresh, all-natural ingredients. To top it all off, it has stores conveniently located in Central, TST, and Causeway Bay, and you can also find this gelato in various supermarkets across the city.
Practically an institution in Hong Kong, there is nothing more classic than a Mr.Softee ice cream truck. There may only be a few options to choose from, but we’ve always loved the traditional soft serve ice cream cone that never fails to hit the spot on a hot, humid day. There are very few vans left around Hong Kong, but you can usually find one outside the Central or TST ferry piers.
Gino’s has to be our solid staple when it comes to creamy gelato. With stores in Stanley and The Peak, the gelateria marries fresh ingredients and seasonal fruits to create more than 30 unique flavours. The gelato (and the waffle cones!) are made daily using traditional Italian techniques, so be sure to pop by for a scoop to dispel the summer heat, pronto.
Sassy Tip: Don’t let your furry friend miss out and be sure to order a special doggy treat (which come in both cheese and beef flavours) with a portion of each purchase going directly towards helping HK’s rescue pups!
Gino’s Gelato, Shop G09, G/F, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, Hong Kong, 2899 0314
Gino’s Gelato, Shop G18, Peak Tower, The Peak, Hong Kong, 2849 8314, www.ginosgelato.com
Igloo Dessert Bar
Found right by the Central pier, Igloo’s artisanal gelatos offers lots of flavours to choose from and a choice to have them in a cup, cone or a cookie bowl. Help yourself to two scoops and mix-and-match flavours, you won’t regret it. We highly recommend both the White Rabbit Candy and the Horlicks and Maltesers gelato.
Igloo Dessert Bar, Shop C, G/F, Pier 7, Star Ferry, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Igloodessertbar
For some freshly-churned gelato, Petite House is the place to go. Part of the Gaia family, Petite House serves up fruit-based icy delights with no sugar added. For something a little different, check out the Gelato frappes in Mango, Chocolate Coco Chip or Caramel Coffee.
An authentic taste of Italy right here in the city, head to Venchi for some delectable artisan gelato flavours created with premium-quality and natural ingredients. At Venchi, you’re promised nothing but simple and straightforward gelato goodness with no artificial ingredients. Head on over and have a scoop (or two) by yourself or order the the Family Pack (which comes with a choice of four flavours) to share.
Ice Cream Sandwiches
The epic ice cream sandwiches from Elephant Grounds are more than enough to make you come back for more – and, if you need extra incentive, new flavours are announced every week! Try out The Peanut Gallery (gooey chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter ice cream, strawberry jam & candied peanuts) in Causeway Bay, or opt for the Strawberry Blonde (strawberry ice cream, butter cookies and dried raspberry) in Mid-Levels.
Sassy Tip: Keep an eye out on social media as new creative flavours drop every week. You can also try a selection of Elephant Grounds’ icy treats at the ice cream corner, found in Woaw Store on Wan Chai’s Sun Street.
We’ve always been fans of Little Bao and we can’t get enough of its famous Little Bao Ice Cream Sandwich. With signature flavours like the Green Tea Ice Cream Bao and the Salt Ice Cream Bao, you’ll definitely be back for more. The ice cream melts quickly as the baos are fried upon ordering, so eat fast! After one bite, we’re sure you’ll be gobbling this one up in no time.
Little Bao, 66 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, 2194 0202
Sugar and Dairy Free
For the lactose-intolerants out there who enjoy a cool treat in summer, Wild Mylk is where it’s at. Dairy and gluten-free, with a focus on seasonal flavours that are local, organic and fresh, these delicious delights proudly wave the “made in Hong Kong” flag. We tried the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and the Maca Karmel Sutra (Salted Caramel), which were both divine!
If you’re on the hunt for a lower sugar kick, HK fave Yo Mama is a frozen yoghurt lover’s delight. Choose from a base flavour, including Green Tea, Pink Guava or the classic Original Tart – and load it up with a generous amount of toppings. Toppings include fresh fruit and an exclusive line of sugar-free, gluten-free, raw and organic toppings in the “Superfoods” selection.
Just because you can’t eat dairy, doesn’t mean you can’t indulge! The awesome Happy Cow has been delivering delicious, locally produced, plant-based ice-cream for a little over five years now. Just as creamy and moreish as the milky stuff, the wholesome, natural ingredients produce flavours we all know and love such as Chocolate, Salted Caramel Swirl and Cherry Almond Fudge. Make sure you look out for creative mixtures such as the refreshing Dragon Berry and Chai Tea fantastic for Summer.
Sassy Tip: We can’t recommend the Coconut Ice Cream enough during the summer (or all year round!) – it even has pieces of desiccated coconut to add some texture to the treat.
Happy Cow, Booth#3, Man Kwong Street, Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Central, Hong Kong
Happy Cow, Shop G.05, Composite Building, Main Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong, www.happycowhk.com
Gourmet ice pops that come in a variety of flavours and colours. Sign us up! We love that these ice pops are completely natural with no artificial ingredients or preservatives and are completely organic. One of our faves is the refreshing Peppermint Strawberry Lemonade flavour as well as the Mango Pomelo Coconut Cream. Try out the I Lick HK! box set filled with flavours inspired by the Hong Kong culture such as HK Yin Yeung CoffTea and Black Sesame Mochi, to name a few.
I See I See
Serving up pretty handcrafted ice pops and Hokkaido milk “snowflakes”, this place is a favourite and it’s definitely no surprise why! The refreshing ice pop flavours include juicy honeydew melon, rose apple & dragonfruit, chilli mango and many more – perfect for grabbing on the go when you need to cool down.
I See I See, Shop 01, Haven Court, 138 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2337 3361, www.facebook.com/iseeiseehk
If you have a penchant for matcha, you really do not need to go anywhere else but Via Tokyo. This popular little soft serve ice cream store has lines out the door every day as people keep returning to try the different matcha creations. The Original Matcha Cone is definitely a favourite, but we also love the Matcha and Hokkaido Milk soft serve.
Via Tokyo, Shop 1A-1B, G/F Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; 2895 1116, www.facebook.com/viatokyocafe
Japanese soft serve with Italian inspiration? Yes, please! This hybrid is nothing short of amazing if you’re hankering for something different from your usual scoop. If you’re feeling like something light and refreshing, try the popular Frutta Crema or the Giapponese Crema. Imagine a generous portion of traditional uji-matcha (straight from Kyoto!) soft serve served right in the centre of a Japanese melon.
If you’re looking for ice-cream with a twist, then look no further than Owl Choux & Gelato! This little gem is located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, and serves delicious gelato in a delicate choux pastry. For an extra summer kick, try out Mango Tango Mega Gelato Choux.
Sassy Tip: If you’re feeling adventurous, the staff at Owl’s Choux are more than happy to make switches to the fillings of the Choux sandwiches so you can customise it however you like.
Owl Choux, G/F, 32 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/owlschoux
Originating from South Korea, the ice cream franchise Sweet Monster’s Popcorn Ice Cream made its way to the heart of Hong Kong, with the popcorn coming in different flavours (cheese, caramel, and more… take your pick!). You can also opt for just regular ice cream, but why not have the best of both worlds in your paper cup!
Ice Cream Gallery
Ice Cream Gallery is your go-to ice cream joint if you’re willing to be adventurous with your frozen treat. The owner, Arron Liu constantly churns and plays around with quirky flavours, carefully sourcing the freshest ingredients from all around the world and drawing inspiration from French haute cuisine. Expect Lobster, foie gras, black truffle, and more unique variations. Love it so much that you’re keen to learn how to make your own? Check out its ice cream making course to get as creative.
Ice Cream Gallery, Rm 611, 6/F, Shing Yip Industrial Building, 19 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, 2838 8086, www.icecreamgallery.com.hk
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 15 June, 2017, and was updated by Abegaile Legaspi on 21 May, 2019.
Featured image courtesy of Emack & Bolio’s via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of Juliana Malta on Unsplash, image 2 courtesy of Oddies Foodies via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of XTC Gelato via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Igloo Dessert Bar via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of Elephant Grounds via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Ho Hyou on Unsplash, image 7 courtesy of Happy Cow via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Alison Marras on Unsplash, image 9 courtesy of i Cremeria via Facebook, image 10 courtesy of Owl’s Choux via Facebook